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Myths and Truths about the Infertility

Myth: A man is fertile man ejaculates.

Truth: Men may have a very low sperm count, low motility or poor quality of their sperm but still ejaculate. In some cases your ejaculation may not contain any sperm. The only way to know what it contains an ejaculation is studying the ejaculate in the laboratory.

Myth: Fertility problems are more likely in women than in men.

Truth: Both men and women may have trouble procreate. Male and female factors are responsible factors each of about one third of complications.

In the past it used to blame women for their inability to conceive. Today we know that many of the causes of infertility are due to man. In a WHO study of 1988 over 10,000 infertile couples, a male factor infertility in 33% of cases, women's causes by 25%, reasons relating to the couple 20% was found in 15% couples are not causes of infertility and the rest of the couples achieved pregnancy were found during the study.

So that sterility or infertility should be understood as a problem of the couple and both men and women should be evaluated.

Myth: Up to 40 years a woman can get pregnant.

Truth: Age affects the success rates of infertility treatments and their natural ability to become pregnant. Fertility declines sharply after age 35. For 40-year-old healthy woman has about 5% chance of getting pregnant in normal conditions (without use of contraceptive methods).

The recommendation is to consult a specialist if a woman does not get pregnant after trying for 12 months or 6 months if the woman is over 35 years.

Myth: Young and healthy people have no infertility problems.

Truth: Age is a factor affecting fertility, but not determined. Not necessarily a young and healthy person is a fertile person. If you are under 35 years and has tried to get pregnant for a year, request consultation with your doctor. Your medical history may be interposed with conception.

Myth: Women are made fertility treatments end up with twins or triplets.

Truth: Most women who succeed with fertility treatments have only one child. The risk of multiple pregnancies with assisted reproduction treatments is higher than usual, but can be minimized.

Currently, an average of 21% of pregnancies achieved with IVF and ICSI are twins and 1% are triplets. Assess your doctor how you can minimize the risk of multiple pregnancies.

Myth: If a couple already had a pregnancy that ended with the birth of a baby, will have no trouble conceiving another child.

Truth: There are reasons to be optimistic, but circumstances may have changed over time. There are couples who are diagnosed with secondary infertility, which may appear despite a previous successful pregnancy.

Myth: Fertility treatments against nature.

Truth: to procreate is the most natural for humans. Assisted reproductive treatments try to eliminate or avoid the barriers that prevent the couple conceive normally, hoping that nature do the rest.

Myth: Infertility is increasingly common

Truth: There is no evidence that infertility itself is increasing. However, since many couples decide to postpone having children until later in life, age-related infertility is certainly a more common phenomenon.

Also, infertility due to pelvic infections also seem to be increasing, especially with the spread of chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia is usually asymptomatic or have few symptoms and it is likely that a woman may not realize that you are infected until it is too late.

Myth: Adoption cure infertility or infertility

Truth: It is a common belief that adoption often is followed by a spontaneous pregnancy. The logic behind this belief is that infertility causes stress, stress causes infertility and, therefore, if stress is eliminated cure infertility.

While it is true that sometimes a pregnancy occurs after an adoption, there is no scientific evidence that the adoption cure sterility.

Myth: infertility or sterility Contraceptives

Truth: There is no conclusive evidence that hormonal contraception, either oral or injectable, is harmful in any way to subsequent fertility of women.

Myth: The couple must reach orgasm to conceive.

Truth: In the case of man, it must have an orgasm to ejaculate. But in the case of women, orgasm is not essential to get pregnant. Research suggests that the female orgasm sperm can help advance your journey through the reproductive tract. However, the pressure to achieve female orgasm can also cause stress, which reduces the chances of pregnancy.

Myth: The more sex you have, the greater the chances of pregnancy.

Truth: Frequent intercourse (every other day or every 2 days) are those that give the highest pregnancy rates, but almost equivalent results can be achieved with less frequent intercourse (two or three times a week).

The best time to conceive is during the "fertile window", ie during the interval of six days culminating on the day of ovulation.